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Kynoch: Enhanced efficiency through innovation

Fertiliser that stays in step with your growing crop

Kynoch’s vision is to be a plant nutrition supplier that complements agricultural businesses by using innovative, yield-enhancing technologies.

“We have a full range of fertilisers, from granular fertiliser to optimisers, water soluble, and lately also biological fertilisers,” says PJ Fryer, Area Marketing Manager for Kynoch in KZN, Eastern Cape and Swaziland at the 2022 NAMPO agricultural event.


Kynoch is one of the oldest fertiliser companies in South Africa and has done ground-breaking work in the industry since 1919. When it started out in the 1850s in Birmingham, England, Kynoch manufactured explosives and ammunition. Arthur Chamberlain, Chairman of George Kynoch & Co, visited the then Transvaal in the early 1900s with the aim of selling explosives to the gold mines. When he found that dynamite was already being produced locally, he abandoned the idea to import it.

In 1908, the company’s first local factory for the manufacturing of explosives was built at Umbogintwini in present day KwaZulu-Natal. At the end of World War I in 1918 when the need for explosives dwindled, they turned to manufacturing fertiliser instead.

PJ Fryer, Area Marketing Manager of Kynoch.


Today, Kynoch is a member of the ETG Group of Companies (ETG), a multinational conglomerate which include Falon Fertilisers and Zambian Fertilisers.

The Group keeps its eyes on the bigger agricultural picture and provides expertise across various industries. Its key function remains providing a comprehensive range of agronomic support services set to determine the nutritional needs of the plants at the different growth stages in order to allow crops to develop and yield optimally.

Besides agricultural inputs, it also provides logistics, merchandising and processing, supply chain optimisation, digital transformation, and energy. In 2020, it procured and distributed more than eight million metric tonnes of commodities, including maize, pulses, wheat, rice, sugar, oilseeds, cashew nuts, cocoa, coffee, fertiliser and farm implements.

The Group is a leading importer of raw materials, products, and enhancers locally and internationally. It operates warehouses, as well as import and blending facilities in the major ports in the region and several inland locations in most provinces, including the Western Cape.

It is the exclusive distributor of Agrotain® nitrogen stabiliser supplied by Koch Industries. It also develops its own range of yield enhanced-efficiency fertiliser products, including a foliar range that is both crop and growth state specific.

The group remains in step with new crop industries in the region. “At present, one of our themes focuses on tree nut crops, such as pecans and macadamias. We have a fertiliser for specific crops at specific phases and times of the life cycle of the plant, as well as the area where the crops are grown.”

According to PJ, Kynoch has a team of about twenty agronomists and a precision sampling service. “The team support agents throughout South Africa to ensure that the correct information reaches the farmer.” It is therefore not a one size fits all product, but it is custom-made according to specific crops at specific growth stages and in specific regions.

Footprint in Africa

The Group has a footprint in sub-Saharan Africa. Besides South Africa, these countries include Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Uganda.

In short, Kynoch helps farmers to get the most out of their crops in terms of quality and yield potential. Its products include conventional granular fertiliser, liquid fertiliser, premium granular products, starter fertiliser, foliar fertiliser, water-soluble products, as well as bio-stimulants. These are tailormade products that can be applied in accordance with the needs and growth stages of different crops. Thereby, Kynoch ensures that your crops get what they need when they need it most.

For more information, send an e-mail to, or contact them at +27 (0)11-317-2000.

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